18 May 2021
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SnapLogic launches updates to integration platform in a bid to boost productivity

By Catherine Knowles

SnapLogic has released new features and enhancements to its integration platform. These new additions have the aim of improving user productivity through extending platform performance and reliability, and adding API management and anomaly detection capabilities.

Advanced API capabilities

New advanced API management capabilities incorporated in the release add tools and support for API developers who prefer to take a design-first approach to API creation, the company states.

With design-first API creation, the design and specifications of the API are developed before creation of the integration pipeline.

SnapLogic aims to simplify API implementations, guiding technical and non-technical users to select and modify settings and features related to APIs, speeding up development and publication.

With SnapLogic, application developers and integration specialists now have the option to choose either top-down or bottom-up development, allowing them to select the method that best suits their needs and that delivers the fastest time-to-value, the company states.

In addition, SnapLogic adds API versioning in this release, enabling developers to easily create new API versions and manage the assets and policies of each version independently, without incurring any manual versioning management overhead.

Developers can update an API with new policies, or add new functionality, while the endpoint remains the same. SnapLogic then automatically applies the new policies and functionality for the new version.

Existing consumers of newly versioned APIs are unaffected during the process, SnapLogic states.

Anomaly detection and memory management

As part of SnapLogic's commitment to increasing platform operational capabilities and updating developer experience, this latest release delivers better protections for app and data integrations, the company states.

With the addition of Pipeline Runtime Anomaly Detection, the platform automatically reviews time-series data to proactively identify pipelines that consume an unusual amount of resources.

Based on pre-set thresholds and/or deviations from what is considered normal operations, the SnapLogic platform alerts platform administrators when there might be a problem.

By identifying potential issues before they become catastrophic problems, in combination with memory management capabilities that reduce memory consumption (even for high performance Snaps such as Join and Group-by), platform resiliency is improved, the company states.

Elastically scale groundplex with Kubernetes

SnapLogic now offers queue-based dynamic scaling for environments experiencing spikes in workload demand, such as month-end data processing or other seasonal, high-demand activities.

Customers with SnapLogic Groundplexes can now leverage an execution nodes queue size as a trigger signal that launches automatic scaling of platform resources, up or down.

Customers now have another tool in their arsenal to make Kubernetes scaling decisions, beyond CPU or memory consumption, SnapLogic states.

Scaling SnapLogic Groundplex nodes up or down more precisely as needed for workload demands means infrastructure capacity can be right-sized more efficiently.

Achieving enterprise automation success

SnapLogic CTO Craig Stewart says, “Resiliency, productivity, and speed are all critical elements when it comes to enterprise automation success.

"At the same time, the developer role has been expanded to include more employees than ever before, reinforcing the importance of designing tools that are intuitive and easy-to-use for all.

"Here at SnapLogic, we are dedicated to continually enhancing the capabilities of our platform to ensure that we address all of our customers needs.

"Being efficient, flexible, performant, and easy-to-use is the only way to truly improve time-to-value from integrations and automations.”

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